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accent • become • foil
romantic • his worldly
  1. Since she was a little girl, she has wanted to a nurse.
  2. When I fist met you, I had difficulty understanding your .
  3. After he lost his job, he sold all possessions and started traveling.
  4. She always used to her brother's plans to sneak out and meet his girlfriend.
  5. The way her husband proposed to her was so .
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#517 World Resident

Carla discusses the many places she has lived.

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accent

That's why our accents are similar.

Your "accent" is the sound of your voice when you speak.  People can speak the same language and have different accents.  If you are speaking a second language, you probably have accent from your native language.  Notice the following:

  1. His accent was very think and difficult to understand.
  2. Where are you from?  I really like your accent.

want to become

Did you ever want to become a biologist?

If you "want to become" a doctor, that means you want to be a doctor.  You want to study hard, go to medical school and find a job as a doctor.  We usually use this phrase to talk about professions. Notice the following:

  1. When I was younger, I wanted to become a biologist, but I'm not very good at science.
  2. She wanted to become the best dancer, so she practiced seven hours every day.

foil

And then I got foiled in that.

When you "foil" someone's plans, you prevent them from having success, you stop them.  Notice the following:

  1. It's obvious that she doesn't like me.  She tries to foil all of my plans.
  2. The surprise party was foiled when my husband found the list of guests.

romantic

Wow. Sounds romantic.

Something that has to do with romance or love is "romantic."  We also use this word to describe things that are not practical or not possible.  Notice the following:

  1. He brought me flowers because I was sad.  He's always very romantic.
  2. Like all romantic movies, the couple is together and happy at the end.

worldly

We put all our worldly possessions on the back of our motorbike.

"Worldly" is something that exists in this world.  In this case, "worldly possessions" are everything that you have or own.  Notice the following:

  1. She has very exciting ideas, but they aren't very possible or worldly.
  2. The sun was almost pink.  It didn't look worldly.

 

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